I have been the president of the Alberta Powerlifting Union since 2009. In the time from then to now, I have seen the APU grow not only in membership, but in organizational capability as well. Administering the Alberta Powerlifting Union has been a wonderful event in my life and I shall look back at it fondly. I feel as if I have left a part of myself within the organizational structure. I had always thought that I would be able to continue leading the APU for many many years, but I have found myself unable to continue.
It is with this that I am no longer maintaining my position as the President and Officiating Chairman of this organization. I will go back to doing what I love most, lifting and improving. So goodbye APU and thanks.
- Kain Lyon (for the final time)
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Lastweekend at the University of Alberta, home of the UAPA, there was a small club meet to better acquaint some new club members with the sport of powerlifting. Held in the walls of the powerlifting clubs training space, eight competitors attended the meet. We saw an impressive commitment to a bench press, many personal records broken, and Dani Savoie increasing her new provincial records. The room was small, but a crowd did form to see what all the excitement was about.
A big congrats to Colten and Dani who won the best male and female lifter for the meet. This was Colten's first meet and he has a great future in powerlifting. We hope to see him again at Provincials. A big thanks to the referees and volunteers for making the meet run seamlessly.
- Shane Martin
- Shane Martin
The meet hosted by Brody Laybolt in Cold Lake was a fine example of organization and well execution. The first APU sanctioned meet in 2014 had a great crop of new lifters and experienced lifters alike. It will be exciting to see any event hosted by the CLBB in the future.
There have been three new meets announced in Alberta. A closed club meet hosted by the UAPA, a provincials qualifier(to which all proceeds go toward special olympic powerlifting), hosted by Adam Price, and finally, the details about 2014 provincials are slowly emerging.
I will keep you posted,
- Kain LyonSaturday, January 4th, 2014
The entry form for the 2014 CPU National Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship, held in St. Catherines, Ontario is now available to APU members. To acquire an entry form signed by the APU president please follow the following procedure:
Make sure you meet the criteria for nationals qualification as listed here
E-mail the APU president with your name, age category, weight class, qualification total needed, meet where qualification total was achieved, and mailing address.
Download the remainder of the CPU Nationals Entry form(the other pages of the entry form that need not be signed).
The meet hosted by the UAPA, Power Surge IV, was as every UAPA meet. A success. There was a ton of lifters, which made for a long day. You can see the great group that the UAPA has through the outpouring of volunteers assisting with the presentation of the meet.
APU President, Kain Lyon, attempts a 290 Kg Squat
APU Vice President & UAPA President Shane Martin attempts a 245 Kg Squat
In the end it was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful year of powerlifting. 2014 will get off to an early start with the Cold Lake Bar Benders Open. See you there!
- Kain Lyon
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
New Competition Announced
There has been an APU sanctioned competition schedule for January 11th, 2014. For the first time in a long time, in Cold Lake, Alberta! Hosted by the Cold Lake Bar Benders Club, namely Brody Laybolt. It is nice to see such a new club take on a venture such as hosting a meet.
We now are only one week away from the Power Surge IV in Edmonton. The UAPA typically puts on a great show for lifters and audience alike so this could very well ending up as the climactic powerlifting event of 2013!
- Kain LyonWednesday, October 16th, 2013
There has been a record number of meets in the APU this year and many new results have been posted in the results section. The next meet is the Power Surge IV in Edmonton hosted by the University of Alberta Powerlifting Association. This meet always proves to be a large one.
Rumor has it that there will be a meet hosted in January. As of right now the location and the exact date are TBA.
Finally, Scott Campbell is now the records chair for the APU. The records section of the site has been reformatted.
- Kain LyonOctober 15th, 2013
In my 28 years as an APU member I've never seen such a busy year with so
many contests. Our membership is at an all time high, we should finish close
to 150 members. This mirrors the CPU as a whole, with over 1200 members,
also an all time high.
Not only have we had a great year in the province, but internationally as well, Edmonton's Lewis Noppers taking the GOLD medal at the recent IPF World Masters, and Dani Savoie also getting the GOLD at the Classic Worlds in Russia. I was very proud to earn the Bronze medal at the World Masters. Apologies to any that I may have missed mentioning.
One more local event for us, Powersurge in Edmonton, about 4 weeks from now, but all reports it should be another big meet. In December, Kevin Breiter, Dani Savoie, Shane Martin and myself will travel to Nerw Zealand as part of team Canada at the Commonwealth Championships. Wish us luck.
I'd also like to pass on congratulations to our newest APU Provincial referee, Adam Price, who passed his test at the Urban Games meet.
As you may have noticed, the website front page has been ignored for a few months. I'm trying to find a new webmaster for us, currently I'm not even an EC member in the APU, but since I host the site, I guess it's me by default. If you have the skills, and are interested, please contact me.
- Mike ArmstrongSaturday, June 1st, 2013
There has been lost of new stuff coming about in the APU. First, the scheduling of many new meets. There is the Peak Power Strength Challenge coming up in mid-June, APU Provincials in early July and I will give the heads up to our APU members one for two meets in the planning stages for August. These, coupled with the usual autumn meets in AB could make for the busiest year in the APU ever!
The APU would also like to welcome our seventh powerlifting club into our union, the Olds Barbell Club from Olds, AB. It will be interesting to see the team competition at provincials with so many available teams!
More to come
- Kain LyonSaturday, April 21st, 2013
The meet hosted yesterday in Calgary, Strive to Qualify, was an excellent event. We saw many first time lifters and those coming from other federations come out and compete. It was a wonderful experience that we have come to expect from our powerlifting meets.
This year Nationals was held in Richmond, BC, in the Olympic Oval. By far
the best venue I have ever competed in powerlifting. A lovely view of the
mountains right behind the gear check and weigh-in room among a vast amount
of amenities in the building itself. Team Alberta won 20 medals this year
spanning across all disciplines, classic and equipped, bench-only and
3-lift. Team Alberta also took the best province team award beating BC with
a narrow margin of 38 points. This was the first year Nationals held a best
province award and it is a great feeling to have our province being the
inaugural engraving on the trophy!
Some highlights of Team Alberta competing was:
Alison started the 3-lift portion of the competition with an exciting win in the very competitive 63kg classic class. She attempted an incredible 170kg deadlift but lost it for technical reasons. Either way, it is beyond impressive seeing that caliber of lifting representing Alberta!
Kojo wowed the crowd yet again with his monstrous performance. Squatting 225kg and pulling 280kg at 74kg – classic, is a feat few can obtain. He attempted a world record deadlift of 291kg. It broke from the ground and made it to his knees but then gravity brought it back down. Kojo also won best classic male lifter as well – well deserved!
Jean also had a great meet taking home two national records and winning his weight class of 105kg, classic.
APU executive Avi started the equipped bench for Team Alberta with an incredible 267.5kg bench. Avi has been competing and winning for many years. It is great to see him in top form and strength at the national stage!
In the 83kg equipped class, there was a battle between Medicine Hat powerlifting club members, Bryce and Tyler, for the gold. Tyler took the gold for his second year in a row of open 83kg champion by a 10kg margin. It was a great battle between long-time friends and training partners.
The 93kg equipped class was quite the display of strength. Hector squatted a jaw dropping 325kg, blew the crowd away with his 320kg hook grip deadlift, and Wilks of 533 – Congratulations!
UAPA executives and training partners Tony and Shane battled it out for bronze in the 93kg equipped catagory. It came down to the last pull. Shane missed his deadlift just above his knees and Tony – being the incredible deadlifter he is – pulled 300kg with relative ease to secure the medal. Congrats, to Tony for taking home his gold in the 83kg classic and a bronze in the 93kg equipped class. He had a great meet!
Adam, a lifter from Calgary, continued Team Alberta’s streak by winning his 83kg junior equipped class and moving some impressive weights. Adam also took home the best equipped junior male lifter!
Lewis, impressive as always, pulled a national record deadlift of 275.5 in the Master 1 category.
Darwin set national records in all his attempts and took home gold for the Master 3 category.
Overall, this year nationals were an incredible experience for Team Alberta and I. I want to express my deepest thanks to BC Powerlifting for hosting an incredible meet. Hosting Nationals is a lot of work, time, and sacrifice. Without the tireless efforts of meet directors, volunteers, sponsors, and athletes, these events would not be as grandiose as they are. So, again, thank you from the APU! I look forward to next year’s Nationals in St. Catherine’s. Train hard and see you all at Provincials – which James, July 5th and 6th in Calgary, hosts this year.
- Shane Martin
There is a qualifier meet being held in Calgary so lifters can qualify for provincials. The APU's qualifiers for provincials are equal to the CPU regional qualifying totals. The meet is "Strive to Qualify," held on April 20th. Provincials date and meet director's has also been set, it shall be hosted once again by Avi Silverberg and James Bartlett in Calgary on July 5th and 6th.
A new promotional video for the APU has been posted as well (created by Shane Martin):
More to come!
- Kain Lyon